One of Scotland’s largest law firms, Simpson & Marwick, has announced it will merge with global practice Clyde & Co at the start of next month.

The firm has Scottish offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee, alongside bases in North Berwick, Newcastle upon Tyne, Leeds and London.

From 1 October, it will be known as Clyde & Co, while its residential property division will retain the Simpson & Marwick name.

Across the world, Clyde & Co has more than 320 partners, 1,700 legal professionals and 2,800 staff in 39 offices.

Simpson & Marwick managing partner, Gordon Keyden, said: “We are proud of our history as one of Scotland’s leading law firms and this is a merger that will enable us to significantly increase the services we offer to our clients.

“Increasingly clients want consolidated expertise across England and Scotland and Clyde & Co is a tailor made fit for us given that we share a number of similar practices and clients. Many of our insurer clients operate on a global stage and this merger enables us to join them on that stage. It is a firm with a clear strategy, strong management and a high quality client offering that speaks for itself.”

Peter Anderson, Simpson & Marwick senior pPartner, said: “Simpson & Marwick has always strived to deliver an exceptional legal service to our clients and this merger with Clyde & Co demonstrates our dedication as a firm to present the strongest practice teams to support and progress our services to clients in Scotland and England.”

Clyde & Co senior partner, James Burns, added: “This is a client-led merger. Simpson & Marwick is the go-to firm for many of our clients in Scotland and we’ve long held it in high regard. Not only does it firmly position us as the leading insurance-sector firm on both sides of the border but it benefits our clients across all our sectors by giving us a great platform to meet their legal needs in Scotland.”

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